Heat stroke vs. Heat exhaustion

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When it’s too hot and humid for your body to cool itself, you can develop heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and life-threatening heatstroke.

Try these seven things to stay safe.

  1. Get ahead of thirst: Don’t wait to feel thirsty. Drink more than usual.
  2. Sip smart: Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol, which can make you lose more fluids.
  3. Chill inside: Stay inside during the hottest part of the day. If you don’t have air-conditioning, head to a public place like the mall, library or theater.
  4. Time it: Save outdoor activities for cooler morning or evening hours.
  5. Lighten up: Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that won’t absorb sunlight or trap heat.
  6. Pace yourself: Don’t push yourself when it’s hot, especially if you’re not used to it.
  7. Listen to your body: If you feel lightheaded or overly hot, get out of the heat and rest.

Heatstroke Warning Signs

Heatstroke is a potentially deadly condition. If you or someone near you has these symptoms, call 911 and head to the emergency room immediately:

Signs of heat stroke